Crown Castle International Corp (CCI): Today's Featured Technology Winner

Crown Castle International ( CCI) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Crown Castle International rose $2.93 (5.1%) to $60.69 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3.1 million shares of Crown Castle International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $59.18-$62.95 after having opened the day at $60.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.76. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: MetroPCS Communications ( PCS), up 36.8%, Akamai Technologies ( AKAM), up 24%, Vasco Data Security International ( VDSI), up 23.5%, and Western Digital Corporation ( WDC), up 20.9%.

Crown Castle International Corp., together with is subsidiaries, owns, operates, and leases shared wireless infrastructure primarily in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Australia. Crown Castle International has a market cap of $16.97 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 101.6, equal to the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Crown Castle International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Crown Castle International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation and generally poor debt management.

On the negative front, Zynga Inc Class A ( ZNGA), down 37.5%, Innodata ( INOD), down 32.9%, Quality Systems ( QSII), down 32.5%, and Synacor ( SYNC), down 29.6%, were all laggards within the technology sector with Acme Packet ( APKT) being today's technology sector laggard.

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